By Our Reporter
Malawi government has set free former president Dr Bakili Muluzi , from all corruption charges in connection to the alleged abuse of public funds amounting to K1.7 billion.
This comes after the Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB indicated that it planned to consolidate cases in the case and review a number of things including amending a charge sheet.
Director of Public Prosecutions Masauko Chamkakala reportedly issued a discontinuance certificate of the case on May 26 this year after it dragged for long with almost no end in sight.
PAC spokesperson Bishop Gilford Matonga argues the case had no clear direction. They feel vindicated on their earlier sentiments when they questioned the merit in still proceeding with the case.
“That case started from a political podium. PAC once came up with a suggestion that you cannot have a case run for many years without being concluded. You need to conclude within a proper speculated time,” says Matonga.
In his reaction, political and good governance expert, Victor Chipofya hopes the law has been followed; adding the courts might have looked at all evidences before acquitting him.
However, National Anti-Corruption Alliance chairperson, Moses Mkandawire questions the move; saying this has potential of cementing the growing assumption that the law only applies to the poor. He also feels this could be a blow to the anti-crruption crusade.
Meanwhile, Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu says Chamkakala “has been reviewing Muluzi’s case to ascertain its prosecutability in the interest of justice and government’s uncompromising commitment to the rule of law.”
Muluzi was arrested in 2009 on corruption charges in relation to millions of donor funds that allegedly ended up in his personal account.